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Gambellara

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The origins of the town's name are uncertain and this gives way to a series of very heterogeneous theories. According to a first Gambellara thesis, it derives from the Lombard dialect with the meaning of "curve", while according to a second and a third one, it is the result taken from verbs "sgumbillare" or "gambinare" that refer both to the action of removing or digging the soil.
Municipality in the province of Vicenza, located at the mouth of the valley of Chiampo, from where it is possible to admire a superb panoramic view of the whole Venetian plain, the area of Gambellara is crossed by the river Rio and several streams, on the border with the territories of the Verona province. The town is famous for producing excellent wines, such as Recioto and Vin Santo, with the grapes from the vineyards which cover the surrounding landscape. The land, rich in volcanic substances, which give to the grapes a pleasing and unique aroma.
The foundation date of the centre is uncertain: probably to the Lombards, as the first written documents, which report of its existence, date back only to the XI century, a period when the town had a strategically located castle, that later went destroyed, in the first half of the XIII century, by the troops of Ezzelino Romano. Due to this location, the town was often the object of contention and was, for a long while, in rivalry with the nearby town of Sorio. Originally the territories belonged to the Bishops of Vicenza, while in the XIII century, they were granted in fief to Antonio Giudice di Sarego, incorporated into the province of Verona, and at the end of the XIV century, it returned under the domain of Vicenza. During the Hapsburg domination, Gambellara was united to Sorio.

Attractions:
- the Parish Church of San Pietro in Gambellara, in neo-Classical style, features three naves. Inside are preserved frescoes of De Santi, depicted in the first half of the XIX century, two paintings of the artist Puppin, two altarpieces of the Art school of Verona. The chapel houses a remarkable fresco of the Maternity of the Virgin and two stone statues;
- the Parish Church of San Giorgio a Sorio, dating from the XVI century, has submitted several renovations throughout its history, that have inevitably altered the physiognomy. Worth of note is the original Romanesque style of the beautiful Bell Tower and several stone statues. Inside it contains some valuable masterpieces of the artist Montagna, a XVII century altarpiece of Carpioni, two contemporary altarpieces, one of the Maffei and another one attributed to an unknown author and a series of wooden statues in XVII century and Baroque style;
- the Church of San Marco;
- the Obelisk of Sorio, built in 1868 by the architect Negrin, to commemorate the battle of Sorio, in which 50 young locals died, fighting against Austrian troops;
- the XVIII century Palazzo Cera.

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